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Jack Balas is an artist originally based in Chicago and Los Angeles, who divides his time between painting, drawing and photography, cross-referenced at times with writing and other media . A recipient in 1995 of an Individual Fellowship in Painting from the National Endowment for the Arts, he is represented in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art (New York), the Denver Art Museum, the Tucson Museum of Art, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (Iowa), the Kent & Vicki Logan Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the 21c Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, and the Usminas Cultural Institute (Usicultura), Ipatinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil, among others.  A portfolio of his paintings "Today I Drove Along the Rio Grande" was published in issue #120 of The Paris Review (New York). His 2008 museum solo project "We'll Be Seeing You" appeared at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. In 2014-2016 he is exhibiting work in a group show sponsored by the US State Department's Art in Embassies Program, at the United States Embassy in Vienna, Austria.

This website includes a broad spectrum of the artwork divided into individual media in the above navigation bar. You can read an artist statement and get an overview of the work by taking a TOUR.  The newest painting and photo work is in the black area below, while a few other highlights from the past are in the adjacent gray.

 

 

CURRENT SHOWS
& NEWS:

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NEW:
QUICK TOUR
100 PAINTINGS & DRAWINGS

 

 

 

Group Exhibition

AUDACIOUS:
CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS
SPEAK OUT
through May 14, 2017
Denver Art Museum
Denver, Colorado

 

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RADIO INTERVIEW ON
THE 2015 SOLO SHOW:
"ART BEAT" with
KATHRYN DAVIS
KVSF 101.5 FM
October 29, 2015
PODCAST LINK HERE

 

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NEW!

GUY'D BOOK
An introduction to the
Paintings, Drawings, Photo
and Writing.
160 pages
availabl;e at BLURB.com

 

 

 

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The University of Maine
Art Museum has acquired
the painting "SILENT NIGHT"
for its permanent
collection.

Read Article Here

UPCOMING:
SOLO SHOW
University of Maine Art Museum
Bangor, Maine
September, 2017

 

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From the archive:

LOGAN LECTURE
(Artist Talk)
Sharp Auditorium
Denver Art Museum
Denver, CO

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GROUP EXHIBITION
U.S. DEPARTMENT of STATE
ART IN EMBASSIES PROGRAM
UNITED STATES EMBASSY
VIENNA, AUSTRIA
2014-2016

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"PAGE 179, ARTFORUM
SEPTEMBER, 2013"
Brennan and Griffin
55 Delancy St.
New York, NY.

click here for exhibition information
through January 19, 2014

 

 

New Essay on JACKROAD:


WHERE'S THE BEEF?
A LOOK FOR (AND LACK OF)
THE MALE EROTIC IMAGE
IN CONTEMPORARY ART.
IS THE TERM "HOMO-EROTIC"
PEJORATIVE?

 



"An important issue I hadn't thought much about."
--Lucy Lippard, Independent Critic & Curator

"I read with great interest."
-- Raphael Rubinstein, Contributing Editor, Art In America

"You are a good writer."
--William Morrow, Curator, Denver Art Museum

"I was happy to pass it on to Okwui Enwezor,
who took an intense look at it."
--Dr. Sonja Teine, Assistant to Director Okwui Enwezor, Haus der Kunst, Munich

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 The BROOKLYN MUSEUM,
New York City,
has recently acquired two pieces
from the MUSE / MUSEUM series
for its permanent collection.

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Current Work in
Painting:  

2015-2016
   

 

 
     

 

Series:
MUSE / MUSEUM --

All years
2006 - 2016

 

     

 

 

 

TATTOO
DETOUR: 10

Honolulu Drawings
2016

     

  

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Artist Blog

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New Photo
Constructions

 

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www.JackBalas.com: BACK TO BACK OF THE YARDS: Collage from Southside Chicag 

Collage Series:

BACK TO
BACK OF THE YARDS
   

 

CATALOG ESSAY for "DECADES OF INFLUENCE" and "EXTENDED REMIX"
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

"Artist and catalogue contributor Jack Balas captures the boom mood in his poetic essay about being a laborer for hire. His description of driving across the country as an art shipper in the 80's expresses the increasing vulnerability of the artist through a portrait of the landscape. Looking in the rearview mirror suggests that the 90's represented the point of no return for the contemporary art world."

Cydney Payton, Executive Director /
Chief Curator, MoCA Denver.

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"WE'LL BE SEEING YOU" :
PROJECT AND SOLO EXHIBITION
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, DENVER

(Summer, 2008)
   
     

highlights FROM THE ARCHIVE:

All contents of this site
© 2002-16 by Jack Balas
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NOW ON THE SITE:

1980's - 1990's PAINTINGS

LANDSCAPE
TEXT
COLLAGE
OTHER COOL STUFF

  STUD DUST
A series of photographs
A.K.A. "Studio Men"

 

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THE OBERDICK CHAISE
and other sculpture